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  • Barnaby Lenon, ISC Chairman

    "87% of ISC schools are in mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools and local communities. Partnerships work best when they grow out of genuine need and enthusiasm."

Partnership Work

Nearly all ISC schools are in mutually beneficial partnerships with other local schools.

Mutually beneficial partnerships

The best partnerships develop between teachers really wanting to work together, out of genuine local relationships and enthusiasms, not dictated from the top.

ISC schools are hugely different, from the very large well known schools, to the very small or non-selective schools serving local aspirational families. 56% of ISC schools have 350 pupils or fewer. They therefore need to work in ways appropriate to their circumstances and according to the local situation and need.

For some larger schools, this will take the form of sponsoring academies. More than 110 independent schools, either individually or in partnership with federations or groups of schools, are leading the sector’s involvement with academies and free schools.

For other schools, it will be a partnership based on cooperation and collaboration between independent schools and the maintained schools in their area. Many of our schools have been doing this kind of work for years.

Some larger ISC schools sponsor academies

Independent state school partnerships

There are now many flourishing independent state school partnerships, which are all well established and very successful, each offering a myriad of opportunities and benefits to all the schools concerned.

The Department for Education is impressed with the effectiveness of these partnerships and it has committed £176,000 to nurturing new projects, awarding seed money to 18 schools to encourage them to set up new ways of working with local schools.

Independent schools are very keen to work with local schools. Contributing to and sharing with the local community is part of the very charitable ethos and purpose of our schools.

In 2011, following a judicial review with the Charities Commission, it was determined that independent schools could decide for themselves the best way in which they could offer public benefit.

There are now many flourishing independent state school partnerships

Working with state schools

Our schools work with state schools in all sorts of ways.

We provide qualified teachers in specialist subjects to state schools.

We share expertise to help state school students get into top universities.

We run joint extra- curricular programmes where the state school is an equal partner.

We provide GCSE and A level revision classes.

We provide classes in subjects not on offer at some state schools, such as classics and modern foreign languages.

We offer shared subject workshops and masterclasses.

We provide coaching with music, drama and sport.

We offer Saturday schools to local state schools, for example, providing local children with music, dance and drama teaching.

ISC schools provide coaching and support with music, drama and sport

Independent schools' contribution to the economy

Oxford Economics, a global consultancy, were commissioned by ISC in 2014 to assess the economic contribution made by ISC schools annually.

ISC schools make an annual contribution to GDP of £9.5 billion – larger than the City of Liverpool, or the BBC.

ISC schools support more than 227,000 jobs in Britain – one for every two ISC pupils.

ISC schools contribute more than £3.6 billion in tax each year.

ISC schools save the taxpayer £3 billion per year - equivalent to building more than 460 new free schools.

ISC school pupils contribute £1 billion to GDP, arising out of their high academic performance.

Read more: The Impact of Independent Schools on the British Economy Report

ISC schools make an annual contribution to GDP of
£9.5 billion